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About Andi Perullo de Ledesma

I am Andi Perullo de Ledesma, a Chinese Medicine Doctor and Travel Photojournalist in Charlotte, NC. I am also wife to Lucas and mother to Joaquín. Follow us as we explore life and the world one beautiful adventure at a time.

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Wearing Your Jewelry With Individuality

Some people wear jewelry as if it were art, which is the best way to ensure that you are creative in wearing your jewelry. There are many different ways that you can wear jewelry differently, to stand out from the crowd, even when many other people may have the same pieces as you. It is not about what you have, but instead about how you wear it, so show it off in style and make a statement whenever you wear jewelry. Below are some of the different types of jewelry you can utilize to be bold and make a statement:

Wear Rings With A Difference

Something that you can do with rings is to wear stackable rings, which allows you to wear them in a unique order. Many designers have their collections of stackable rings, which are all interchangeable such as some Pandora rings you will love. You will find that you can also interchange between different jewelry designers and have rings stacked up, on multiple fingers. When a ring stack is put together tastefully and using good quality jewelry, it transforms the hands of the wearer, and lets observers see a lit bit of their personality.

Wear More Than One Bracelet

As well as being able to stack rings, you can also stack bracelets and combine your favorite ones and wear them at the same time. You can mix different styles of bracelets and have them going up your forearm, combining different designs and styles, or choosing similar ones so that they match one another. You can get bracelets in a wide assortment of various materials such as:

  • Silver
  • Gold
  • Leather
  • Copper
  • Rose Gold

With also having so many different colors to choose from, you are sure to be able to make a statement with your jewelry by combining all of your favorites. Go subtle, or go loud, it is up to you!

Wearing Your Necklaces

You can also stack your necklaces and create a massive effect that can accentuate the cleavage, as well as elongating the neck. You can purchase necklaces that are designed to stack, with one being longer than the others and then each one after that being shorter. You can also combine different types of necklaces and make a statement about who you are and what you like. They can be complementary or contrasting colors, whatever it is that you prefer. Remember it is better to be a trendsetter than someone who follows the crowd same as everyone else!

Change The Purpose Of Your Jewelry

You can also wear your jewelry differently than it was intended to be worn, such as wearing a brooch in your hair rather than on your clothes. You can add a ring to an earring and wear it differently, or you can wear an earring through a piercing in your eyebrow, cheek, or nose.

There is so much that you can do to wear your jewelry creatively that you will have a lot of fun finding out who you want to show everybody today.

What Are Some Tips For Keeping An International Move Cheap?

International relocation is as adventurous and exhilarating as it gets. But that is until the party crasher shows up.

Yes, you guessed it right.

When you start thinking about the ‘cost’ of moving all your belongings overseas you are sure to get a headache.

Moving internationally shipping is tough, but an international mover will help you with the relocation.

Of course, it is absurd to wish that shipping your belongings could be free, but what is more absurd is to pay large sums of money when an international move could be easily affordable. 

So, if you are moving abroad or plan to relocate in the future, remember the following tips to save money and keep your international move cheap. 

Sea Over Air

The most obvious way to keep the relocation inexpensive is to choose ocean freight over air freight. 

It goes without saying that sea shipments trade time for money. Therefore, moving the same amount of goods by air can cost up to ten times more than the alternative. 

So, unless you need your stuff urgently, save your money by shipping your packages instead of moving them by air. Furthermore, you will hardly face any restrictions on the size or weight of the goods. 

Do Not Delay

Moving overseas is a lengthy and complicated process. The documentation, shipment and various other matters require time and careful planning. Rushing through things will only create chaos and lead to hasty decisions. 

Ultimately, you end up paying more for any last minute issues that arise. Hence, avoid the stress and unnecessary payments by booking international movers in advance. 

Choose The Best Movers

Get quotes from at least three international movers and then compare. 

Remember the cheapest option is not always the best bet. Some companies might forgo important services, while others might charge extra. 

Therefore, research well before you hire an international moving company. 

Get rid of extras

While the movers can help you pack, know that you don’t have to carry everything

It is simply a waste of money to ship stuff you do not even use. So, sell the things you do not need or donate them to charity. 

The fewer the belongings, the lesser you have to pay to move them abroad. 

Choose Door-to-Door Shipment

It might not be the cheapest option, but people who choose port-to-port shipment often end up paying more in customs and other duties since they are nor fully aware of the rules and regulations. 

So unless you are confident about handling all the legal issues on your own, it’s best to select door-to-door services as that means the mover will deal with all the intricacies of overseas packages relocation on your behalf. 

Learn The Local Language

It might seem surprising to you, but learning the local language of the country you are moving to can be beneficial. And saving money is just one of those benefits.

If your children know the local language well, they can enroll in public schools. Also, when you interact with the natives clearly, only then will you fully understand their lifestyle. Having a better grasp of all matters will help you save money in every aspect.

Design And Color Your Own Christmas Cones

The time has come for one of the most celebrated holidays of the year. Break out your Santa statues, cover the doorways in softly lit garland, decorate your Christmas tree, and burn a gingerbread scented candle. It is time to get your craft on! And, if you have children running around in the house, then there is no better time than now to break out the crafts.

While the kids are bouncing off the walls, and you’re counting down the days until they go back to school let’s get inspired by some fun, festive, and downright silly easy to make crafts that everyone can get into. One of the easiest ones to do is Christmas Cones. No, they’re not the traditional, spiky pine cones you would typically think of. These Christmas Cones are courtesy of Kate Hadfield over at the-lilypad.com. 

Using A Pattern

Kate has designed some incredibly cute patterns you and the wee ones can decorate any way you see fit then cut out (with kid-safe scissors no doubt). Once you are done decorating them with the most festive colors and adornments, glue the seam together, and your Christmas Cone is ready to go. Adorn any surface in the house with these cute little cones, whether it be your mantle, table, counter, or your child’s nightstand. DIY Christmas cones are a fun and easy way to welcome in Christmas with a hearty HO-HO-HO!

Going Solo

Of course, if you are still inspired, and you have already done the templates, why not create your own holiday patterns. This time, just use the templates to trace the outer shape onto a second piece of paper. You can use a tracing light or a window to find the line you need to trace. Or, try reinforcing the line with a thick black marker so you can see the line in natural light, and then tracing onto the second sheet of paper that way. 

Decorating Your Christmas Cone

The only thing that will limit you with these Christmas Cones is your own imagination. So, get creative and have fun. Be inspired by the crafts and tools around you. Here are some ideas to help your creative juices flow:

Crayons and Colored Pencils

Trace over your design lines with crayon, applying medium pressure to achieve rich tones. Instead of filling in the body of the design with more crayon, choose colored pencils in various hues. This adds a bit of dimension to your Christmas Cone that makes it that much more fun to admire.

Puff Paint

Use puffy paint for added texture on your Christmas Cone. You can completely outline your design in this multi-dimensional paintor just adorn key areas you want to pop with a little extra holiday flair. 

Glitter Glue

Who does not love a little glitter glue on their decorations to really make things sparkle? And there is no better time of year for sparkly effects than Christmas. Color in your pattern, however you see fit, then put on a dab of glitter glue here and there for areas you really want to pop out. White glitter is excellent for snowmen. Silver or gold glitter is perfect for holiday bells or Christmas stars. 

Watercolor

Watercolor is a beautiful way to add a colorful dimension to any paper-based craft. Try using watercolor paper instead of regular paper to make your pattern. Fill in all the different areas of your design by starting off softly with your watercolor palette and deepening the color to create vibrant pockets. Once your watercolor has dried, outline your pattern with black ink markers. Your color will pop off the pattern even more, giving your Christmas Cone a beautiful stained glass effect.

Three Alternatives To Tent Camping In The Carolinas

If the 2017 American Camper Report is anything to go by, our love for the great outdoors is not going anywhere. In fact, 40.5 million Americans went camping at least once in 2016, with overall camping participation rates increasing from the year prior. Approximately 11 percent of all campers were brand new to the activity in 2016, which is an encouraging statistic at such a pivotal time for both our national parks and the environment at-large.

Even better is that, according to a Kampgrounds of America survey, an estimated 13 million US households planned to camp more in 2017 than they did the year prior. Millennials are actually driving the upward trajectory in camping, which means many members of this generation already love to immerse themselves in nature.

That said, some younger people (and some older people, too) might not be too crazy about pitching a tent in the wilderness. Fortunately, the traditional type of camping is not the only way to go. There are several other ways to appreciate the natural beauty of our nation — especially in the picturesque locales that North and South Carolina have to offer — without being forced to “rough it.”

RV Camping

If you like the idea of traveling around the country without ever having to actually leave home, RV camping might be a good fit for you. The Recreational Vehicle Industry Association reports that nearly 10 million US households now own an RV. And since there are currently more than 18,000 public and privately owned campgrounds all around the country, there is no shortage of opportunities for avid RVers to explore and take in the breathtaking scenery.

In North Carolina, you can easily dock your RV at a campground in the Outer Banks, outside of Raleigh, or even on a Cherokee Indian Reservation near the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. If you travel into South Carolina, there are RV-friendly campgrounds near Charleston, in Myrtle Beach, and on Hilton Head Island. Whether you are a fan of the coastline or want to take in the mountain ranges, there is plenty of beauty to behold and versatility to experience.

Glamping

For those seeking a more luxurious version of the camping experience, there’s nothing quite like glamping. You can get the chance to experience the beauty of the natural world without being forced to give up your creature comforts. Although this term has existed for at least the last decade, this trend is really starting to catch on in the United Kingdom. One UK-based glamping website reported a 50 percent increase in bookings during the first three months of 2018 as compared to the same period in 2017. In the US, in fact, glamping has become “mainstream”,  as well, with many glamping sites reporting plans to expand.

If you want to go glamping in the Carolinas, you have countless options available to you. There are solar-powered teepees, tree houses, luxury tents, Airbnb properties, restored airstreams, and yurts in national forests to satisfy your curiosity and provide all the comforts of home. That is exactly the kind of compromise that will appeal to millennials, Gen Xers, and everyone in between.

Log Cabins

To some purists, log cabins might fall under the “glamping” category. But for others, they are in a genre all their own. Cabin camping allows you to take in all Mother Nature has to offer without having to worry about sleeping on the cold, hard ground in the pouring rain. The National Park Service estimates that log cabin-like structures have been around since the Bronze Age and have long since been preferable because of how easy they are to build. While log cabins built centuries ago were not intended to be permanent, many families know just how durable and desirable these dwellings can be.

If you want to stay in a log cabin the next time you camp in the Carolinas, there are numerous rustic rentals located adjacent to national forests and parks, many of them steeped in history. But while some can be traced back to the 1700s, many are updated with modern amenities. In other words, you will get all the charm without any of the pitfalls. And if you fall in love with the idea of having your own cabin to come back to every year, there are lots of log homes for sale that can satisfy your need to commune with nature.

Whether you would prefer to travel around with your entire home or you simply do not want to give up your creature comforts, there are plenty of ways to camp in the Carolinas without resorting to a tent and a sleeping bag. You just need to know where to look.

Could Cannabis Help Depression? The Surprising Answers Revealed!

There are now many people who are diagnosed with different kinds of depression. And with cannabis being a possible treatment, it makes people a question: How effective is this compound in treating the mental disorder?

Because of the limited research on this topic, it can be quite confusing. Some people claim that cannabis has helped with their depression significantly, while others say that it’s had them feel a bit worse when using it. But what’s the real story?

I did the research to help you find out if cannabis is right for you. So read on as I answer the question, “Could cannabis help depression?”

Your Mood And The Endocannabinoid System 

Our moods are affected by many things. It can be from our environment, genetics, life situations, as well as our brain activity. Research done on our cannabinoid receptor genes can give us clues as to why this happens.

For starters, let us first look into our endocannabinoid system and how it affects our mood. The ECS’ activity in the brain can affect our feelings, causing anxiety and depression if we are low on cannabinoids). 

Studies show that there is a connection between both mood and cannabinoids because of the rimonabant, a medication to treat obesity. The rimonabant, known as a cannabinoid antagonist, was quickly withdrawn from markets because of its adverse side effects mental-wise, from depression, anxiety, to suicidal thoughts.

This shows that blocking the cannabinoid receptors in our brain has severe consequences, particularly on our moods.

What Is Depression? 

For this who is wondering what depression is, there are diagnostic criteria based on the occurrence of major depressive episodes? 

            •          The symptoms of a depressive episode would include following:

            •          An overall depressed mood

            •          Loss of interest or pleasure in activities

            •          Significant weight or appetite disturbance

            •          Lack or too much sleep

            •          Slow or fast muscle movement

            •          Loss of energy

            •          Low self-esteem and worthless feeling

            •          Decreased thinking abilities and concentration

            •          Suicidal thoughts

            •          Rejection ideation

Besides these, the episodes need to be at least two weeks long and cause significant distress. It should also not be related to a drug used or meet any criteria of other mental disorders. 

Can Cannabis Cause Depression?

A study done in Sweden shows that “after controlling confounding factors and markers of disturbed behavior during childhood, there is no increased risk of future depression among cannabis users from ages 18 to 20.”

They concluded that the use of cannabis does not increase the risk of depression and anxiety. Furthermore, other studies have been done to prove this conclusion.

Though there are also other studies which have contradicted this study, they are inconclusive, as they are not able to rule out various effects of depression, such as the family, lifestyle, and social variables. 

However, what all studies agree on, is that there is more need to research on this topic.

Can Cannabis Treat Depression? 

Using the right amount of cannabis (particularly CBD) can be helpful in the interaction with ECS in our brains. A study concludes that data has shown elevated endocannabinoid signaling can produce positive behavioral and biochemical effects. 

So while there’s a potential of cannabis being a good treatment, there needs to be more research. But regardless of the conclusion, many patients have claimed that cannabis is just as effective as antidepressants, helping them cope with stress and seeing the more positive things in life.

It’s also helped as a mood enhancement, avoiding major depressive episodes. But, there is a risk of self-treatment, as some may abuse the cannabis. But with proper education and maintenance, this can be avoided.

Medicine Is Personal 

Cannabis can affect us in different ways, as this depends on the way our body accepts it. We have personalized ECS, which is why we cannot predict the therapeutic effects of cannabis. Depression and cannabis is not just the simple cause and effect situation but a dynamic and relative relationship that needs more research in humans to have a sure conclusion.

So, while you may try cannabis (under the advice of a health professional), do not throw away your medicine and therapies just yet. Also, pair it with healthier lifestyle changes such as better diet and exercise routines to ensure a full recovery.

Conclusion

It’s a bit difficult to completely say that cannabis can cure or help with depression. But with the many benefits, it has been scientifically proven to offer, it can be an aid for some. However, this will require a bit more research and testing on your part. It is all relative and will depend on how your body takes the cannabis.

Hopefully, this article answered your question, “Could cannabis help depression?” If you are interested in getting a share of cannabis today to test it out, I searched and found these CBD coupons so check out this website here!

If you have any questions or want to share your experiences with cannabis and depression, then comment below. Your thoughts are much appreciated.